Newshour, Mali 'Spiderman' to become French citizen

Saul Bowman
May 31, 2018

The incident took place in Paris.

Several days ago, on May 26, footage of Malian immigrant Mamoudou Gassama, 22, climbing a building in Paris to rescue the child who clung to a ledge was shared online and spread quickly.

The video has since gone viral across all social media platforms, including Twitter, where one video has more than 7 million views, almost 5,000 retweets, and over 10,000 likes.

He later told French President Emmanuel Macon, who invited Gassama to the Elysee Palace to thank him personally, that the decision to climb the building had been a spontaneous one.

France's president Emmanuel Macron met with him and gave him a medal for courage and said he would be made a naturalised citizen and also offered him a role in the fire service.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said on her official Twitter on Sunday that she had called Gassama to thank him for his act of bravery.

French prosecutors have charged the father with "failure to meet parental obligations". "Malian citizens under the threat of being expelled by the French government".

"Congratulations to Mamoudou Gassama for his act of bravery that saved the life of a child last night".


Mr Gassama, who only arrived in France previous year, told the French President he had been walking past when he saw a crowd gathered in front of the building. Molins said that the boy who was in danger in the apartment was being looked after by his father while the mother was Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean.

"I ran. I crossed the street to save him", the Associated Press reports Gassama told Macron. Mr. Macron has also proposed to initiate the process of naturalization, that Mr. Gassama was accepted.

"I didn't think about the floors", he said, referring to the building he scaled.

By the time firefighters arrived, the 4-year-old was safe. "I climbed up like that and, thank God, I saved the child", he said.

"I saved the child and then went inside the building and I was shaking", he told Macron.

The boy was pulled back to safety after the heroic act of Mr. Gassama, who didn't think twice about risking his own life.

Europe has faced a migrant crisis since 2015 following wars in Libya and Syria and more than 1 million people from Africa and the Middle East have tried to reach the continent via Turkey or by sea.

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